I keep hearing about Pomona. I mention that San Dimas is the team to beat in the Mid-Valley Division after last week’s loss to Monrovia and I keep hearing about Pomona. I see San Dimas beat a more physical Los Altos team Friday night by converting a two point conversion late in the fourth and now I really think the Saints are the team to beat. But again I’m hearing about Pomona.
I make a comment to the San Dimas coaching staff (assistants) a couple of weeks ago about Pomona looking pretty good and I get the response. “Yeah, they were pretty good last year too…until they played us.” And you know, well, it’s true.
Last year the Red Devils rolled through everybody. They were dropping 50 bombs on people on a regular basis – 54 on Garey, 53 on Wilson, 61 on Baldwin Park, 51 on Nogales…and we started to believe. And then they played a team of some substance – San Dimas – and lost 49-6. The Devils did get a win over Rosemead in the playoffs but were thumped by Paraclete in the second round.
So that brings us to this year and Pomona is at it again. The Red Devils have scored 93 points in two games in blowout victories. Darreon Lockett has thrown for over 661 yards and nine touchdowns, and Desmond Bobo and Shawn Wilson have combined for over 400 yards receiving. Senior linebacker Andre Walker is making life miserable for opposing ball carriers. So again we start to believe and again I keep hearing about Pomona.
We’ll know a little bit sooner this year than last. Pomona plays Mission Prep next week followed by Colony. Miramonte League play starts October 10. Are the Devils for real? Can they make a run in the Mid-Valley Division? It looks good now but we shall see. And in the meantime I keep on hearing…
How does Salesian handle Muir easily in Zero Week and then fall to Claremont last Friday night? Didn’t Claremont just lose to El Rancho by three touchdowns?
There have to be some concerns in the Knights neighborhood. Arroyo has allowed 98 points in two games. Had Temple City not kicked onside four times (and never recovered once) Arroyo might have lost that one. The Mission Valley League is a collective 2-10 so far this year with the only victories coming against Temple City and Bosco Tech (by Gabrielino.) League play should be interesting.
Funny, I haven’t heard anything about La Mirada not living up to expectations this year.
If you haven’t had a chance to see Azusa Pacific running back Terrell Watson yet make plans to soon. He rushed for over 200 yards last Thursday in the Cougars huge overtime win over Grand Valley State. APU is Division 2 now are looking like a force to be reckoned with.
That’s my principle.
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